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Issue Details: First known date: 1952... 1952 Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney
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The memoirs of James Tyrrell (1875-1961) - famous bookman, bookseller and owner of several bookshops in Sydney during the late 19th and early 20th centuries - include his boyhood reminiscences of Sydney and his later encounters and experiences in Sydney's cultural and literary circles. He remembers the many 'booksfellows of all sorts' that he had the privilege 'to know or to see in one of my succession of shops or at Angus and Robertson' where he began his career (p.1). Among the many literary identities, illustrators, publishers, collectors, bibliophiles, politicians and public figures he got to know through his work were numerous significant Australian writers and artists, and his book is full of delightful anecdotes and interesting insights into Sydney's cultural, literary, political and social life at the time. The books is richly illustrated with old photos, facsimiles, portraits, cartoons, and a 'Reference Plan of City Streets, Sydney, 1888', reproduced from the Illustrated Sydney News. It also includes several poems by Australian writers celebrating Tyrrell's bookshop .

Notes

  • Dedication: To the memory of Henry Lawson
  • Epigraph on title page: I love every thing that's old; / old friends, old times, old manners, / old books, old wines. Oliver Goldsmith.
  • Includes a list 'Book Importers and Booksellers listed in Sands' Sydney and Suburban Directory for 1889' (pp. 185-186).
  • Also published in braille.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney,: London,
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Angus and Robertson , 1952 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
In Tyrrell's Bookshopi"Here are the clocks all conjur'd lunatic :", Kenneth Slessor , 1920 single work poetry In an Old Book Shop (p. 181-182)
Note: With title: In an Old Book Shop
Tyrrell's Bookshopi"When tired ye grow of George Street,", Roderic Quinn , 1940 single work poetry (p. 182-183)
The Song of Tyrrell's Belli"Hangs a bell in Tyrrell's shop", Henry Lawson , 1952 single work poetry (p. 183-184)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney : The Fascinating Reminiscences of a Sydney Bookseller

Works about this Work

Short Views R. G. H. , 1954 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 15 no. 4 1954; (p. 263-264)

— Review of Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney James R. Tyrrell 1952 single work autobiography
Untitled Frederick T. Macartney , 1953 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 12 no. 1 1953; (p. 121-125)

— Review of Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney James R. Tyrrell 1952 single work autobiography ; Ralph Rashleigh, or, The Life of an Exile James Tucker 1929 single work novel ; Pressmen and Governors : Australian Editors and Writers in Early Tasmania : A Contribution to the History of the Australian Press and Literature with Notes Biographical and Bibliographical E. Morris Miller 1952 single work criticism ; True Patriots All : Or, News from Early Australia as Told in a Collection of Broadsides 1952 anthology poetry prose correspondence
Untitled J.W.K. , 1952 single work review
— Appears in: The Port Phillip Gazette , Summer vol. 1 no. 2 1952; (p. 60)

— Review of Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney James R. Tyrrell 1952 single work autobiography
Untitled J.W.K. , 1952 single work review
— Appears in: The Port Phillip Gazette , Summer vol. 1 no. 2 1952; (p. 60)

— Review of Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney James R. Tyrrell 1952 single work autobiography
Untitled Frederick T. Macartney , 1953 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 12 no. 1 1953; (p. 121-125)

— Review of Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney James R. Tyrrell 1952 single work autobiography ; Ralph Rashleigh, or, The Life of an Exile James Tucker 1929 single work novel ; Pressmen and Governors : Australian Editors and Writers in Early Tasmania : A Contribution to the History of the Australian Press and Literature with Notes Biographical and Bibliographical E. Morris Miller 1952 single work criticism ; True Patriots All : Or, News from Early Australia as Told in a Collection of Broadsides 1952 anthology poetry prose correspondence
Short Views R. G. H. , 1954 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 15 no. 4 1954; (p. 263-264)

— Review of Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney James R. Tyrrell 1952 single work autobiography
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